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Sun Aug 16, 2015, 03:50 AM Aug 2015

Longtime civil rights activist Julian Bond dead at 75

Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died Saturday night, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

He was 75.

Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida after a brief illness, the SPLC said in a statement released Sunday morning.
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The Nashville, Tenn. native was considered a symbol and icon of the 1960s civil rights movement. As a Morehouse College student, Bond helped found the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and as its communications director, he was on the front lines of protests that led to the nation's landmark civil rights laws.

Bond later served as board chairman of the 500,000-member NAACP for 10 years but declined to run again for another one-year term in 2010.


In addition to Julian Bond's achievements as a founder of SNCC and the Southern Poverty Law Center, his time as leader of the NAACP led to a focus on LGBTQ rights.

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Longtime civil rights activist Julian Bond dead at 75 (Original Post) DemocraticWing Aug 2015 OP
May his soul rest in peace.... chillfactor Aug 2015 #1
Rest in peace shenmue Aug 2015 #2
May he rest in peace Gothmog Aug 2015 #3
Surely this man's goodness will be rewarded in his karmic destination nightscanner59 Aug 2015 #4
RIP Agitator! burrowowl Aug 2015 #5
Beautiful speech! burrowowl Aug 2015 #6
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